April 15, 2008

Have the Twins awoken the beast?

The Twins gave up 11 runs between 3 pitchers in 3 innings of the game last night. Nick Blackburn left the game in the 6th inning after giving up 3 runs. Matt Guerrier came in and gave up another, which was charged to Blackburn. Nick's final line was 5 2/3 innings pitched, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

Guerrier and Neshek threw the final 2 1/3 innings in the game, allowing a combined 7 runs to score, one of which was unearned thanks to an error by Adam Everett. The two just could not seem to catch a break, and the Tigers hitter's just feasted on their pitching and were unstoppable.

Here's Matt Guerrier's line from last night:

IP      H      R      ER      BB      K      HR
1.1     5      5       4       0      0       1

Guerrier left the game in the 8th inning with no outs and runners on first and second. Pat Neshek then came in the game and the Tigers just continued to drive the ball against him. After getting Edgar Renteria to ground into a fielders choice for the first out of that inning. The next batter, Ivan Rodriguez, hit a 2-run triple to the wall in center field. After that, Jacque Jones hit a sacrifice-fly to left field for the second out. Clete Thomas (who?... exactly) then came on and hit a triple before being driven in by Placido Polanco for the 6th run of the inning.

Here's Pat Neshek's line from last night:

IP      H      R      ER      BB      K      HR
1       3      2       2       0      1       0

This obviously was not a good game by the Twins bullpen, and it's really disappointing because the Twins were leading 5-0 before the 6th inning.

There were some positives in this game, but they all came at the plate.

Delmon Young had a fantastic game, going 3-5 with 3 runs scored, 2 runs driven in with a double and a stolen base. Jason Kubel and Brendan Harris followed him in the lineup and both wen 2-4 with 2 RBI's apiece. Justin Morneau drove in his 10th and 11th RBI's in the game with a two-run single in the 7th inning. Mike Lamb also drove in a run, his 6th of the season.

Denard Span batted second, giving the Twins 3 left-handed hitters in a row against Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman, and went 2-4 with a walk and a run scored. Span did have a "blooper" in the outfield however. In the 7th inning, Ivan Rodriguez drove the ball to deep right field, Span jumped up and grabbed the ball, but as he came down with it, his arm hit the wall and the ball popped out over the fence. If Span never touched that ball, it would have stayed in the park, but nobody can blame him for trying to make the great grab. Unfortunately for Span and the Twins, the ball could not stay in the park.

Adam Everett also went 2-4 at the plate, but he committed his 3rd error in his 9th game this season. Wasn't he brought in here for his "stellar" defense? I'm thinking that if he keeps this up, he might find himself without a job in the near future.

The Twins face Nate Robertson of the Tigers tonight. Scott Baker is set to start for the Twins. Hopefully Baker can "tame the beast" that looks to have awaken last night. Craig Monroe is supposed to be in the lineup for the Twins.

Game Ball
Delmon Young - Left Field
Line: 3-5, 3 runs, double, 3 RBI, stolen base